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UFC names ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans 2019 Hall of Fame inductee

The UFC announced during UFC on ESPN+ 10 Saturday evening that former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-8-1) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame July 5 during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

Evans, 39, started his pro career in 2004. He was crowned “The Ultimate Fighter 2” heavyweight tournament winner in 2005 and went on to win the light heavyweight championship from another TUF colleague in Forrest Griffin in 2008 at UFC 92. Compiling a 14-8-1 in the octagon, he was known for his wrestling, striking, and charismatic style, earning the nickname ‘Suga.’

Some of his other key victories include knocking out Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, plus decision wins over Quinton Jackson and Michael Bisping.

Evans retired in June 2018 after five consecutive losses. He will join fellow 2019 inductees Bisping and Rich Franklin in the modern era wing of the Hall this summer.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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